Posts tagged: "quilt finishing"

  1. How to piece a large quilt back with scraps or fat quarters (+ fabric giveaway!)

    Posted by on July 9, 2018

    When it comes to big quilts, we give Stashtastic! author Doug Leko big props: he’s the king of ’em! He’s also well versed in the art of finishing big quilts. And what’s step one for finishing big quilts? Making a quilt back big enough to fit the quilt front! Doug included downloadable patterns for pieced […]


  2. How to make a design wall (for quilting sanity): 3 easy ideas

    Posted by on May 14, 2018

    You’ve just finished a pretty pile of quilt blocks—you’re ready to put your quilt top together! If you’ve ever tried to twist and turn blocks on the floor or on a table until they’re just right before you join them, you know it can be a hassle. Add a couple of kids breezing by and […]


  3. Do you free-motion doodle? Try this machine-quilting mashup

    Posted by on March 7, 2018

    If you’re like a lot of quilters (like we are), you’ve likely tried free-motion quilting. You’ve traced, you’ve doodled on paper, and you’ve mastered a few tried-and-true motifs on your machine, which you use all the time. You’re good at them, so you stick to them, right? But maybe those motifs are getting a little […]


  4. Do you stay stitch your quilts? Pat Sloan says . . .

    Posted by on October 13, 2017

    Have you heard of stay stitching? Many quilters stay stitch their quilt tops before machine quilting. But what is stay stitching, and why would you do it? Essentially, stay stitching is simply sewing around the edge of your quilt top to stabilize seams. It’s particularly helpful when there are a lot of patchwork seams on […]


  5. Troubleshooting sewing-machine tension: 5 simple steps

    Posted by on August 25, 2017

    How can you get the perfect thread tension before you start machine quilting? Look no further than Lori Kennedy’s book Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3! In Lori’s book, you’ll learn all you need to know to create 61 whimsical motifs, including how to set up your machine, how to doodle to refine your technique, and yes—how […]


  6. Big blog hop! Piecing, quilting, and precuts (and a pincushion) + giveaway!

    Posted by on August 21, 2017

    It’s Martingale’s day on Christa Watson’s blog hop for her new book, Piece and Quilt with Precuts—welcome, everyone! I’m Karen Johnson, Martingale’s director of marketing. I’ll be your blog-hop host for today! The thing I love most about Christa Watson’s new book, Piece and Quilt with Precuts, is that she gives you a quilt to […]


  7. Have you tried machine quilting panels for practice? (+ giveaway!)

    Posted by on August 11, 2017

    How are your free-motion machine-quilting skills coming along? If you need a little practice (don’t we all?), Pat Sloan has a smart little tip: practice your free-motion quilting on printed fabric panels. A free-motion-quilted panel from Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Machine Quilt Why practice on panels? In her book Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to […]


  8. De-stash! 2 smart ways your stash can help you finish your quilts

    Posted by on May 5, 2017

    Ah, fabric stashes, we love you! You inspire us, you motivate us, you make our quilting dreams a reality. Sometimes. And then other times, we look at you and think: okay, you’ve gotten a little out of control here. Today we’re sharing two simple ideas for shrinking your stash—they’ll simultaneously make a dent in your […]


  9. Easy free-motion quilting motifs, simple as 1-2-3 (free tutorial + giveaway!)

    Posted by on March 29, 2017

    If you’ve tried free-motion quilting but you’re still in beginner mode . . . If you’re ready to try some fun new motifs . . . If you simply aren’t sure how to progress from where you are . . . Let machine-quilting pro Lori Kennedy take you by the hand and teach you everything […]


  10. How to quilt a patchwork quilt just like Civil War–era quilts

    Posted by on March 8, 2017

    We know we have just a few (ha!) fans of reproduction quilts out there—so today we’ve got something special to share with you! If you’ve ever wondered how to choose a quilting design for your reproduction quilts, one that’s authentic to the era, Julie Hendricksen is the perfect person to ask. She’s made a career […]